The future sustainability of life on earth and the health of our planet is inextricably linked to the health of our ocean. However, only approximately 7% of the ocean is protected. Global concern regarding environmental degradation and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems has led to urgent calls to meaningfully protect 30% of the ocean in the next decade to preserve what remains of ocean biodiversity and restore the ocean to abundance. Critical to the success of these efforts are the voices and leadership of young people around the world.
OceanEcho 30x30 is a new initiative led by EarthEcho International’s Youth Leadership Council and supported by the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund and Ocean Defense Initiative, a project of Resources Legacy Fund. This initiative is designed to amplify the collective impact of youth-led action to protect 30% of our world ocean by 2030 through education and advocacy campaigns, active engagement in ocean policy, and direct coastal restoration efforts.
Make a plan to lead an OceanEcho 30x30 Educational Event in Your Community:
- Download the OceanEcho 30x30 Educational Event Planning Guide, which includes template presentations/resources to help you introduce the importance of marine protected areas to your community.
- Use our educational event planning digital worksheet to help organize your ideas and submit your plan.
- Carry out your event and share highlights through our report back form.
Join the conversation on social media and take the #MyOceanEcho Challenge!
Interested in learning more about the importance of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030? Check out this conversation, "Dive into 30x30" from the 2020 EarthEcho Youth Leadership Summit featuring EarthEcho YLC member, Laura Park, and special guests - Karen Sack (Ocean Unite), Masha Kalinina (Pew Charitable Trusts), and Paul Rose (National Geographic)